In my gated community, we pay a hefty monthly maintenance fee, much of which goes into keeping the common areas spick-and-span. The floors are regularly scrubbed, elevators are serviced in time, and the lawns look green and manicured round the year.
On Saturday, when rain beat down heavily on Delhi, the city witnessed a deluge of the Waterworld variety. But unlike Universal Studios, which spent a fortune on building seawater enclosures for one of its most-expensive movies, we didn’t have to pay anything to get the special effect.
In Delhi, the joy of the first monsoon shower after a searing summer is killed almost instantly. Reports of water logging, traffic jams, roads crumbling and sewage backflow pour in even before the Met department gets its rain gauge out. Shivani Singh writes.
The latest findings of Census 2011, a decadal count of people and their quality of life, have thrown up some paradoxical trends on Delhi. Shivani Singh writes.
Does too much praise kill our children’s ability to face failure? In the late 90s, Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success and a professor of psychology at Stanford University, conducted a series of experiments on school students in New York to figure out just that. Shivani Singh writes.
Commenting on the lapses in investigating the disappearance of a five-year-old girl in east Delhi who was later found raped, mutilated and locked up in the neighbour’s room, the Delhi high court last week asked the police to keep a close watch on “people coming from nearby states as most of the crimes happening in the Capital are committed by them.”
For someone in charge of a team that is responsible for filing weather reports among other things that affect the city, I never let the forecast get me down. I do watch out for morning and late evening fog while planning a journey during the winter. But that was all about it till last Friday when I had to cancel a long-planned food tour to the walled city because my friends developed cold feet.
Shivani Singh writes about the tedious admission process in elite schools and how it is important for all schools to have reasonably decent standards.
One thing that strikes me every time I am in Kolkata or Mumbai is how easy it is to move around in these metros even if you don’t have your own car. You can flag down a taxi anywhere and very few refuse going to even an inconvenient destination.
All through this searing summer, we impatiently waited for the rain. But when it finally poured last week, the city came to a standstill. It is the same story every monsoon.
With 55% voter turnout, the highest for MCD polls in the last 15 years, Delhi showed unusual enthusiasm last Sunday. But that was not the only thing unusual about these elections. For the first time, Delhi chose among women candidates in half of the constituencies. It was also the first time Delhi voted for three corporations.
In six weeks, Delhi will go to polls. You will have the opportunity to elect your local councillors and shape the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), which is one of the world’s largest civic bodies and certainly the biggest in India. Shivani Singh
The more things change, the more they remain the same. Alphonse Karr's observation has already been quoted to cliché. But nothing sums up the state of affairs in the National Capital Region better.